Documents Theory Test 2021

The Documents Theory Test consists of 30 questions.
You need 26 out of 30 (86%) to pass. There is no time limit for this test.
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A For up to 10,000 miles
B For up to 30,000 miles
C One year from the date of issue
D Three years from the date of issue
Correct Answer: C One year from the date of issue
Explanation: MOT test certificates stay valid for 12 months. As it's not feasible to guarantee a test on the same date 12 months later, an MOT test can be taken 1 month before the current certificate expires. The new certificate then lasts 12 months from the date of expiry of the old certificate. Some but not all garages will send reminders to tell you of upcoming MOT tests; ensure to book your vehicle in promptly
2. What is a cover note? Mark one answer
A The document issued ahead of receiving your official insurance certificate
B The document issued before you receive your driving licence
C The document issued upon purchasing a new car
D The document issued when delivering your car for its MOT
Correct Answer: A The document issued ahead of receiving your official insurance certificate
Explanation: An insurance cover note can be issued by an insurance company. It provides the same amount of cover as a full insurance policy, but lasts only for a short time (usually one month).
A Apply for a replacement licence
B Retake both theory and practical tests
C Retake your practical test
D Retake your theory test
Correct Answer: B Retake both theory and practical tests
Explanation: Your licence will be revoked if you get six or more points on your licence in your first two years of driving on a full licence. Offences committed before passing also count towards this total. If your licence is revoked, you return to being a learner driver until you again pass both theory and practical tests.
A For one year
B Indefinitely, until the vehicle is taxed, sold, or scrapped
C Until the MOT expires
D Until the vehicle's next service
Correct Answer: B Indefinitely, until the vehicle is taxed, sold, or scrapped
Explanation: A Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) lasts until your vehicle is taxed, sold, or scrapped. While off-road, it does not need to be taxed.
A An official document containing all your insurance information
B An official document kept by the police about any traffic violations linked to the vehicle
C An official notice informing the DVLA that the vehicle will not be used on the road
D An official notice to the DVSA informing them of the vehicles MOT status
Correct Answer: C An official notice informing the DVLA that the vehicle will not be used on the road
Explanation: You must make a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) if you wish to keep your vehicle off-road and untaxed. This stays valid indefinitely, until you tax, sell, or scrap your vehicle.
A £1000
B £500
C £5000
D Unlimited
Correct Answer: D Unlimited
Explanation: As well as receiving an unlimited fine, you may be disqualified from driving or incur penalty points for driving uninsured.
A The DVLA
B The driver's insurance company
C The vehicle's manufacturer
D The vehicle's registered keeper
Correct Answer: D The vehicle's registered keeper
Explanation: Keeping the details on your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) up to date is your responsibility, and you need to inform the DVLA of any changes. Failing to do this might make selling your vehicle difficult. Details on the V5C include your name, address, and vehicle details.
A Before an MOT
B When asked for it by a police officer
C When selling a vehicle
D When submitting a Statutory Off-Road Notice (SORN)
Correct Answer: B When asked for it by a police officer
Explanation: When asked to by police, you must be able to provide a valid insurance certificate. If you don't have this with you, you can present it to a police station at a later date. Your MOT certificate and drivers licence may also be asked for.
A A valid driving licence
B Breakdown cover
C The vehicle's V5C log book
D Your passport
Correct Answer: A A valid driving licence
Explanation: Illegal use of a vehicle can result in penalty points and a hefty fine. To drive legally, you must have taxed and insured your vehicle, and have a valid driving licence.
A The chassis number of the vehicle in question
B The vehicle's V5C log book
C Valid insurance
D Your driving licence
Correct Answer: C Valid insurance
Explanation: Road tax (also known as vehicle excise duty) can be renewed online or by phone, at the post office, or at vehicle registration offices. You'll need your renewal reminder notice, and may need your MOT certificate.
Correct Answer: D 7 days
Explanation: If a police officer asks to see your documents (insurance information, driving license, etc.) but you don't have them with you, you may be asked to show them at a police station within seven days of being stopped.
A Book your practical driving test
B Pass your theory test
C Sign up with a driving instructor
D Sign your provisional licence
Correct Answer: D Sign your provisional licence
Explanation: Learner drivers need to have a signed provisional licence. The license is not considered valid until signed, so this is something you'll need to do before driving for the first time.
A Any insurance documents must be inside the vehicle
B The vehicle must be insured for your use
C The vehicle must have third-party insurance cover
D Your own vehicle must have insurance
Correct Answer: B The vehicle must be insured for your use
Explanation: You need to make sure that you are properly insured on any vehicle you drive, even if it's not your own. Driving without insurance is illegal. It's good practice to compare several insurance quotes, comparing their features against your needs, before deciding which one is right for you.
A The vehicle's V5C registration certificate
B The vehicle's registration plate
C The vehicle's road tax
D Your car insurance
Correct Answer: D Your car insurance
Explanation: Driving a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate is illegal. There are only two exceptions to this: When driving your vehicle to its MOT test, and when driving your vehicle to get repairs ahead of its MOT test.
A A Pass Plus course
B Being accompanied by an experienced driver on the motorway
C Current motor insurance
D Green P plates
Correct Answer: C Current motor insurance
Explanation: Whether you are a new driver or an experienced one, it is your responsibility to make sure you're insured on any vehicle you drive, no one else's.
A Damage to other vehicles
B Damage to your vehicle
C Fire damage to your vehicle
D Flood damage to your vehicle
Correct Answer: A Damage to other vehicles
Explanation: Third party insurance only covers damage to other vehicles. Damage to your vehicle and personal injury are not covered, so, in the event of a collision, you may have to pay for repairs on your own vehicle.
A The DVLA
B The driver of the vehicle
C The registered keeper of the vehicle
D The vehicle's original seller
Correct Answer: C The registered keeper of the vehicle
Explanation: It is the responsibility of the registered keeper of a vehicle to pay vehicle tax, or to make a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) if keeping the vehicle off the road and untaxed.
A Details of the type of insurance cover the vehicle has
B Details of the vehicle's registered keeper
C The last MOT date
D The vehicle's service history
Correct Answer: B Details of the vehicle's registered keeper
Explanation: Every vehicle's registration document (V5C) shows details of its registration number, date of first registration, make, colour, engine size, year of manufacture, and chassis number. Also included are details of the current and previous registered keepers.
A When changing vehicle
B When renewing your insurance
C When taking your vehicle abroad
D When using your vehicle to commute
Correct Answer: A When changing vehicle
Explanation: You must contact the vehicle licensing authority when you sell your vehicle, and if details such as your name or address change. The helps the DVLA keep up-to-date records of vehicle ownership, and allows them to send road tax reminders when renewal is due. The DVLA keeps a history of every vehicle in the country.
A When anyone else drives your vehicle
B When deteriorating health impacts your driving
C When required to work abroad
D When taking your car for its MOT
Correct Answer: B When deteriorating health impacts your driving
Explanation: The DVLA keeps up-to-date records of all drivers, riders, and vehicles in the country. If you have a medical condition that could impact your driving ability, you need to let them know. You also need to let them know if a condition causes you to become unfit to drive.
A After passing your driving test
B If you have 20/20 vision
C If you're under 25 years of age
D Upon successful completion of a Pass Plus course
Correct Answer: D Upon successful completion of a Pass Plus course
Explanation: Young or inexperienced drivers tend to have more expensive insurance; the cost then comes down as you get older and have more experience. Pass Plus is an additional driving qualification for new drivers. It improves your driving skills, and can reduce premiums with some insurers.
A The supervisor must be 21 or older, and have held a full driving licence for one year or more
B The supervisor must be 21 or older, and must have held a full driving licence for three years or more
C The supervisor must be an approved driving instructor
D The supervisor must hold an advanced driving certificate
Correct Answer: B The supervisor must be 21 or older, and must have held a full driving licence for three years or more
Explanation: To supervise a learner driver, you need to be at least 21 years old and have held a full driving licence for a minimum of three years.
A For seven days following expiry of the previous certificate
B When driving at under 30 mph
C When driving to an MOT appointment
D When the owner gives you permission
Correct Answer: C When driving to an MOT appointment
Explanation: A car is first required to pass an MOT test at three years old (four years old in Northern Ireland). The only time it is permitted to drive a car older than three (or four) years without a valid MOT certificate is when driving to an MOT test, or for repairs ahead of an MOT test. Some vehicles made before 1960 may also be driven without an MOT test, but must be considered in roadworthy condition
A When it is five years old
B When it is seven years old
C When it is three years old
D When it is twelve months old
Correct Answer: C When it is three years old
Explanation: If a vehicle is over three years old (four in Northern Ireland) it must pass an MOT test and have a valid MOT certificate. Vehicles made before 1960 do not need to pass an MOT test, but they are only allowed on the road if they're considered roadworthy. All vehicles on the road must be roadworthy and in good condition.
A It allows you to carry more passengers
B It lets you drive on private land
C It teaches you to drive more defensively
D To improve a driver's fundamental skills
Correct Answer: D To improve a driver's fundamental skills
Explanation: The Pass Plus scheme is designed for new drivers. It enhances basic skills and familiarises drivers with motorway driving and driving in different conditions, reducing the likelihood of a new driver being involved in an incident.
A All damage and injury
B Damage to other vehicles
C Damage to your vehicle
D Injury to yourself
Correct Answer: B Damage to other vehicles
Explanation: Third-party insurance only covers damage and injury to others, and does not cover damage or injury to you or your vehicle. It is usually cheaper than comprehensive cover.
A Comprehensive cover
B Personal injury cover
C Third party cover
D Third party, fire, and theft cover
Correct Answer: C Third party cover
Explanation: Third-party insurance is the minimum insurance cover required by law. In the event of an incident, this only covers damage to other vehicles and injury to other people, not damage or injury to you and your vehicle. Fire damage and theft are also not covered. Speak to your insurance company about your requirements to determine which type of insurance is best for your needs.
A The insurance company will only pay £100 towards any claim
B You must pay the first £100 of any claim
C You will get a £100 reward for each year without a claim
D Your insurance will increase by £100 per year in the event of a claim
Correct Answer: B You must pay the first £100 of any claim
Explanation: An excess on your policy results in lower monthly or annual insurance costs, but you'll need to pay the excess for any claim you make. For example, if a repair costs £500 and you have an excess of £100, you will pay £100 towards the cost of repair, and your insurer will pay £400.
A To allow you to drive without insurance
B To improve a driver's fundamental skills
C To reduce your MOT costs
D To teach you how a vehicle's engine works
Correct Answer: B To improve a driver's fundamental skills
Explanation: The Pass Plus scheme is designed to enhance the skills of new drivers. It teaches motorway driving and night-time driving, widening your experience. Completing a Pass Plus scheme can result in lower insurance costs.
A Familiarises them with driving in different conditions
B Increases their insurance premiums
C Reduce the cost of breakdown cover
D Reduces their car tax
Correct Answer: A Familiarises them with driving in different conditions
Explanation: The Pass Plus scheme is designed to enhance the skills of new drivers. It teaches motorway driving and night-time driving, widening your experience. The Pass Plus scheme (and other advanced driving qualifications) must be completed with an approved driving instructor. Completing a Pass Plus scheme can result in lower insurance costs.